This is one of the easiest and healthy air fried Asian shrimp recipe in our collection. The shrimp and fast cooking veggies are all air fried together for a super quick and easy meal. Best of all, this air fryer sesame shrimp recipe has lots of flavor to top on rice.

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Healthy Air Fryer Sesame Shrimp Recipe

Everything about this air fried Asian shrimp recipe is easy, fresh and way healthier than most other stir fried recipes. The hot circulating air cooks the shrimps and vegetables perfectly and hardly any oil. That’s why we love air frying shrimp so much. It doesn’t take alot of oil to get the shrimp perfectly plump and cooked through.

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Easy Stir Fry Sauce

The sauce mixture we have is a fantastic and simple stir fry sauce recipe. But you can customize it to your personal flavor by adding more or less of the listed ingredients. If you want it saltier, use more soy sauce. Or less salty options are to use low sodium soy sauce. Add some extra sriracha if you want and it’s a perfect sauce that you can make your own. Also, if you don’t want to use our sauce recipe for air frying, then you can certain use your own sesame sauce or even use your favorite bottled sauce.

Video: Air Fryer Sesame Shrimp Recipe

Tips on Air Frying Sesame Shrimp with Vegetables

  • The size of shrimp matter in terms of how long to cook. We used medium shrimp for our timing. So if you cook with larger shrimp, you might need to add another minute or two of air frying time.
  • Not any vegetable will work if you plan on cooking it together with the vegetables. We discuss this more below about the best vegetables for this recipe.
  • Don’t over pack your air fryer basket. If you have a small air fryer basket, you should cook the recipe in two batches. It’s best to have the shrimp and veggies all in one layer during air frying.
  • All the recipe details are in the recipe box below.
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Air Fryer Sesame Shrimp

If you love sesame flavor, this lighter shrimp recipe is for you. The combination of crisp vegetables and shrimp in this flavorful marinade is divine. Serve on brown rice, couscous or quinoa for a wholesome meal.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound (454 g) raw shrimp , peeled and de-veined
  • 10 snow peas , or sugar snap peas, halved (amount is approximate)
  • 1/2 bell pepper , sliced into strips
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) fresh minced ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) soy sauce , or to taste (use Tamari for Gluten Free)
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) sesame seed oil
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) toasted sesame seeds
  • additional salt and pepper , to taste

Equipment

Instructions 

  • In bowl, combine shrimp and vegetables.
    Shrimp and veggies in a bowl
  • In another bowl, whisk together the oil, garlic powder, ginger, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, vinegar and hot sauce.
    Whisking sauce together
  • Pour the sauce over the shrimp and vegetables. Stir to evenly coat and combine all the ingredients together.
    Shrimp and veggies with marinade
  • Spread evenly into the air fryer basket/tray.
    Raw shrimp and veggies in air fryer
  • Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for 10 minutes. Flip or toss the shrimp.
    Half cooked shrimp and veggies in air fryer
  • Continue to Air Fry at 380°F/193°C for 6-10 minutes or until shrimp are fully cooked and pink.
    Fully cooked shrimp and veggies in air fryer
  • Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Garnish with sesame seeds.
    Shrimp and veggies in a bowl

If your air fryer is preheated or if you are cooking multiple batches, you may need to reduce timing by a few minutes (unless preheating is called for in the recipe).

Video

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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 143mg, Sodium: 947mg, Potassium: 190mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 700IU, Vitamin C: 22mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 1mg

Best Vegetables to Air Fry Together with Shrimp?

Because the shrimp cooks so fast, it’s best to use quick cooking vegetables. And make sure to cut them small so that they cook around the same time as the shrimp. OR, if the veggies are cooked faster, then remove them from the air fryer and cook the shrimp for the remaining time until they’re cooked.

  • Thin snow peas or thin french style green beans will cook around the same time as the shrimp.
  • Bell peppers that are cut small
  • Slices of zucchini or summer squash
  • Smaller and thin asparagus that’s cut short.
air fryer sesame shrimp on plate

Serving Ideas with the Air Fried Asian Sesame Shrimp

For the lowest carb and keto friendly way of serving, you can eat it on it’s own. But if you want to make a more hearty meal out of it, here’s some serving suggestion ideas:

  • On rice or fried rice
  • Use other grains like couscous, quinoa or brown rice
  • Add the flavorful sesame shrimp to a bowl of ramen noodle soup
  • Top any pasta or noodles with the shrimp
  • Make some Asian tacos!

Storing leftovers

If you have leftovers, store them in airtight containers or plastic bags for up to 2 months in the freezer. Try not to freeze them for too long because the flavor will get lost with potential freezer burn. So try to eat it sooner than later!